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David Beckham lights first Olympic torch in United Kingdom (PHOTO)

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International soccer star David Beckham lit the first London 2012 torch on Friday evening in Cornwall. The Olympic flame traveled in a specially designed plane from Greece and officially touched down at 7:26 p.m. GMT at a British air force base.


Beckham gingerly dipped the chainmeal-like torch into a cauldron and held it aloft with a broad smile. He will be the first of 8,000 torchbearers during the 70-day, 7,500-mile torch relay, which begins Saturday morning.

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